Real Madrid are interested in signing 28-year-old center-back Virgil Van Dyk from Liverpool.

The Dutch international is coming off a remarkable year, winning the UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award for leading Liverpool to a Champions League title. Van Dijk is also up for the Ballon d'Or — he'd be the first defender to win the distinguished award since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.

According to Calcio Mercato journalist Nicolo Shira, the Reds are keen to keep their star player.


Van Dijk is also contracted in Anfield until 2024 after signing a mammoth deal in January 2018 on a £75m transfer fee. He earns a reported £125,000 per week.

Rumors circulated over the weekend that Liverpool were working on an agreement to increase Virgil's wages to £200,000 a week. However, the Liverpool Echo refuted the offer and Virgil's so-called displeasure with his current deal.


Van Dijk felt ‘bemused' by the speculation that he was pushing for pay rise given the £80million record-signing of his counterpart Harry Maguire for Manchester United.

Virgil said earlier this season, “I think the future looks pretty bright. We have a fantastic team with players that want to develop, that want to give everything for the team and for the club.”

“There is so much quality in the team; sometimes you don't even realize how good a group of players we have—and also on the bench that want to play and be part of the team. So we have a fantastic future coming up.”

So Liverpool fans can rest up as Virgil is staying put at Merseyside, for now.